A Stutterer Who Became A Professor: Stuttering on the Job Market

From ten-minute phone interrogations to longer Skype interviews to interviews at major conferences to campus visits full of meetings and presentations, academic job searches are designed to scrutinize how candidates communicate verbally in the most intense settings possible as a measure of their intellectual prowess and sociability. Consequently, those with disabilities that cause speech disfluencies… Continue reading A Stutterer Who Became A Professor: Stuttering on the Job Market

A Stutterer Who Became a Professor: Stuttering through Grad School

Years before becoming a professor, I started graduate school to pursue a PhD in history without thinking too much about the implications of my disability on my chance of building a career in the profession that would require me to speak publicly every day. Perhaps I had been too excited and optimistic about the prospect… Continue reading A Stutterer Who Became a Professor: Stuttering through Grad School

Getting to Know Me: I’ve Become Friends with My Stuttering Self

I am one of about 3 million people in the United States who stutter. We represent 1% of the country’s population. Most of us started stuttering when we were young children. As far as I remember, I’ve always spoken with a stutter. It’s the only way I’ve spoken pretty much all my life. Despite common myths about stuttering,… Continue reading Getting to Know Me: I’ve Become Friends with My Stuttering Self